Popular Day Trips from Melbourne

Melbourne has plenty of great spots to day trip to just outside the city. If you feel like breaking free from the CBD for a few hours or the whole day, here are some of the best day trips that Melbourne has to offer.

Yarra Valley Wineries

Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest wineries including Domaine Chandon. Many of the wineries here offer tours, tastings and lunch. For wine lovers and foodies alike, a trip to the Yarra Valley is a must on your holiday ‘to do’ list.

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Melbourne in June: Winter fun for everyone

Melbourne comes alive during winter. There’s places to go, people to see and so much to enjoy. Here we’ve collected a list of some of the greatest activities to enjoy on your next trip to Melbourne in the coming months.

Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday at the races

Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre will be hosting it’s Melbourne International 3 Day Event comprising of dressage, cross country and showjumping. Concerned about outdoor events during winter? The dressage and showjumping events are both held indoors. The cross country is held in the picturesque surrounds of the State Rose Garden and formal grounds of Werribee Park Mansion. There’ll be a range of marquees with food and wine too. It’s the perfect way to spend a three day weekend.

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A Guide to St Kilda’s Film Festival 2014

The St Kilda film festival has one main focus, which is to promote and screen the best of the Australian Short Film Industry. Every year the top 100 short films are selected out of hundreds of entries to be screened at select Melbourne locations, which are as unique as the films they showcase. In 2014, these include The Astor Theatre, Palais Theatre, The St Kilda Town Hall and Forum Hall at The All Saints Church.

The film festival was originally started over 30 years ago by the St Kilda council in 1984, and is officially Australia’s oldest film festival. Instigated by Councillor Mary Lou Jelbart, the short film festival grew quickly in scale and reputation to become one of Australia’s most prestigious and recognised short film competitions. In fact, winners of the St Kilda Film Festival now qualify for consideration in the Short Film Category of the Oscars, and is also accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.

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Good Beer Week in Melbourne

Kicking off on the 17th of May, Melbourne’s Good Beer Week is an annual celebration of the humble hops which lasts through til the 25th of May. With over 100 different events throughout the city and regional Victoria – spaced out over nine days – even the fussiest palette is guaranteed to find something to enjoy about Good Beer Week.

This innovative idea came from group of local (and passionate) beer lovers who wanted to showcase not only the best Melbourne beers, but also the best of Victorian breweries. Featuring samples from new micro-breweries, restaurant and tavern favourites, Good Beer Week is all about tasting the best of Victoria’s beers in the most fun locations.

For the Foodies: If you prefer to have a bite to eat with a beer that perfectly complements your food, the Foodies section is for you! Excellent food paired with even finer beer makes for a perfect night out.

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Snacks to Take On Your Gray Line Day Tour

Booking an organised tour with the family when you’re on holidays is a great way to see the best sights of any holiday destination. But with lots of walking and moving around all day long, it’s important to have the right fuel with you to keep everyone going. While chocolate and chips are easy to grab, they won’t necessarily keep you feeling full and satisfied all day long.

If you’d like some snack inspiration, check out our list of the best delicious snacks to take with you on your Gray Line Day Tour:

Packing protein – Getting the right amount of protein will help you to not only feel full, but it will also keep you alert. Try packing some salmon and avocado sandwiches or bringing whole-grain crackers with cheddar cheese for topping. Yoghurt is also a delicious, filling snack.

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Journey to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands

1,000 years ago New Zealand was first discovered by the Polynesian navigator, Kupe, who named the islands Aotearoa, which means Land of the Long White Cloud. After returning to his home, Hawaiki, he gave instructions on how to get to the islands but it wasn’t until 400 years after this that the Maori people arrived in Aotearoa and began to populate the North Island.

In 1642, Abel Tasman charted part of New Zealand’s coastline thinking it was part of the Australian continent. Once his mistake was discovered, the country was renamed Nieuw Zeeland. But it wasn’t until 1769 when Captain James Cook came to New Zealand and charted the coastlines of both the North and South Island of New Zealand that the Bay of Islands were given their present name.

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Why You Should Go On a Nerang River Cruise with Gray Line

Taking a cruise is a great way to explore the beauty of an area from a completely new perspective. When it comes to the Nerang River, one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in all it has to offer is by taking a cruise from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and Hinterland.

The Nerang River catchment is the largest and most important river system on the Gold Coast. Stretching as far as the McPherson Range and Springbrook Plateau, it feeds water to a number of rural areas and also fills two dams, the Little Nerang Dam and the Hinze Dam. These two dams provide much of the drinking water for Gold Coast residents.

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A Guide to Alice Springs

Alice Springs is one of the most iconic outback towns of Australia. As the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges, it’s certainly a place full of natural wonders.

Alice Springs, or The Alice as it is often referred to, has plenty to offer visitors. To the traditional owners of the land, the Arrernte people, the Alice Springs area is called Mparntwe. The shape and topographical features of the landscape are said to have been formed by three ancestral caterpillars, Yeperenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye, who moved across the landscape from Emily Gap in the MacDonnell Ranges to southeast of Alice Springs.

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Future Music Festival is Sweeping the Nation

Boasting one of the most enviable lineups in the industry, this year’s Future Music Festival is set to make every other summer festival look like an opening act. Already bringing Grammy-winning acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and DJ superstars Deadmau5, Hardwell and Kaskade to Australia, the Future Music Group made a late and extremely welcome announcement that music’s current bigwig, Pharrell Williams, will close each show.

This year’s Safari-themed festival travels all around the nation stopping at every major city, and like any festival with a line-up this big, tickets are selling fast. This year for both Melbourne and Brisbane punters, the organisers have introduced RFID wristbands that are to be dispatched to ticket-holders early February. So make sure you have read all the information regarding this new technology and check that you have received yours in the mail before you get held up at the gate.

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The Best Scenic Tours of Port Arthur, Tasmania

A trip to Tasmania is not complete without a visit to the award-winning Port Arthur Historic Site. A place of both beauty and horror, wandering the ruins is a fantastic way to learn about Australia’s murky convict past.

The 1.5 hour scenic drive from Hobart to Port Arthur meanders through farmlands, villages, sprawling vineyards and bays. Once you arrive, this scenery is replaced by imposing ruins set among fantastic  landscapes.

The heritage-listed Port Arthur site is home to an overwhelming 60 buildings. As there is so much to see, a guided walking tour is a good way to spot the highlights and there are different ticketing options to suit your level of exploration.
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